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Pistorius vomits during his trial

Hunched over, vomiting into a bucket by his feet and retching loudly, Oscar Pistorius was vividly reminded at his murder trial Monday in Pretoria, South Africa, of the gruesome injuries he inflicted on his girlfriend.

A pathologist described how the double-amputee Olympic runner fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp multiple times last year with Black Talon bullets designed to cause maximum damage.

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Pistorius, 27, is charged with premeditated murder for killing Steenkamp, 29, and could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The prosecution contends the shooting followed a loud argument between the couple. The defense maintains he shot her by mistake, firing through a locked toilet door in the bathroom of his home because he thought she was an intruder.


American women lose again

The United States women’s soccer team is having a memorable trip to the Algarve Cup — for all the wrong reasons.

The Americans have lost consecutive games for the first time in 13 years. They conceded five goals in a match for the first time in the team’s 29-year history, finishing last in their group after a 5-3 setback to Denmark in Albufeira, Portugal.

Seattle Reign players Sydney Leroux and Megan Rapinoe were among the scorers for the United States. Hope Solo, an ex-Washington Huskies standout from Richland, was the U.S. goalkeeper.

“The results in this tournament are obviously not up to our standards,” defender Christie Rampone said.

The U.S. women hadn’t lost consecutive games since the 2001 Algarve Cup.

Hoeness admits to tax dodging

Bayern Munich President Uli Hoeness admitted to dodging millions of dollars in taxes through an undeclared Swiss bank account at a trial that could see one of the most powerful figures in German soccer receive a lengthy prison sentence.

Prosecutor Achim von Engel told the Munich state court Hoeness evaded $4.9 million in taxes.

College football

Sarkisian has limited numbers

Steve Sarkisian, who replaced the fired Lane Kiffin in December, will oversee his first spring workout as USC’s coach Tuesday.

Sarkisian previously coached Washington.

The Trojans are in the final season of NCAA sanctions that limit them to a maximum of 75 scholarship players. As Sarkisian prepares for the summer arrival of 14 freshmen, he has 56 scholarship players on the spring roster.

Several players recovering from surgeries will be kept out of practices or limited.

“We have to be cognizant of the fact that, with our numbers, the amount of reps that we’re accustomed to having overall is not going to be the same,” Sarkisian said.


Sharapova, Nadal exit early

Defending champions Maria Sharapova of Russia and Rafael Nadal of Spain were upset in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Fourth-seeded Sharapova lost to qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, giving the 22-year-old Italian her first victory over a top-five player.

Later, the top-seeded Nadal lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) to No. 28 Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine.


• The number of police officers patrolling this year’s Boston Marathon will be doubled to more than 3,500, one year after two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260.

The enhanced police presence is part of a beefed-up security plan detailed by public-safety officials as they prepare for the April 21 marathon.

Spectators who plan to attend the marathon are being strongly discouraged from bringing backpacks, rolling bags, coolers and other large items, and are instead being asked to carry personal items in clear plastic bags.

• Famed racehorse Native Diver is being exhumed from the former Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. and his remains will be taken to Del Mar racetrack, near San Diego, and stored there until a new burial site is prepared.

Native Diver won 34 stakes races before dying of colic in 1967 at age 8. Hollywood Park, which opened in 1938, closed last year.

• The family of 29-year-old Nik Zoricic, a Canadian skicross racer killed two years ago at a World Cup event, feels vindicated because authorities no longer blame him for the crash in Grindelwald, Switzerland, and instead have made courses safer.

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